Freddie Lindgren pulled off a thrilling win in the first-ever Joe Hughes Invitational at Monmore Green on Monday September 16th. The meeting, held in memory of former rider and parts supplier Joe Hughes, drew in a good crowd on a cold September evening to help raise almost £20,000 for junior speedway bikes and Cancer Research UK.
Lindgren had to work his way from third to first to triumph over Poole’s Darcy Ward and Parry’s International Wolves colleague Ricky Wells in a brilliant final. It capped off an excellent night for the Swedish ace as he suffered just one defeat from seven outings and he was delighted with his display. He said: “I was very pleased – the whole night went well for me and it was good to get the win in the end. My mechanic and me worked hard to find the right setup and give me the speed, and it went well for me. “I’m feeling very much back to my old self again now – things are picking up for me at just the right time with the play-offs coming up.”
Although Lindgren was the star man, GP colleague Darcy Ward provided sensational entertainment. But he was defeated by club legend Sam Ermolenko, who was making a return to competitive racing for his long time friend and sponsor Joe Hughes, in a superb Heat 18 as the veteran notched four points with a creditable display on his return to competitive action.
JOE HUGHES INVITATIONAL, Wolverhampton
1 Freddie Lindgren (Wolverhampton)
2 Darcy Ward (Poole)
3 Ricky Wells (Wolverhampton/ Sheffield)
QUALIFYING SCORES: Freddie Lindgren 14, Darcy Ward 11, Ricky Wells 11, Greg Hancock 10, Nicolai Klindt 10, Aaron Summers, Adam Skornicki 8, Pontus Aspgren 8, Ryan Fisher 7, Maciej Janowski 7, Przemyslaw Pawlicki 7, Thomas Jorgensen 5, Sam Ermolenko 4, Robert Miskowiak 4, Lewis Blackbird 4, Olly Allen 0, Oliver Greenwood 0 (res), Tom Woolley 0 (res).
Finally, a huge thanks to all the riders and their pit crews for taking time out of their busy schedules to put on a brilliant night of racing. We would also like to thank our main sponsor NGK Spark Plugs, especially John Money who worked tirelessly all evening and missed last orders at the bar! Many thanks also to everyone else who sponsored the event, to all those who made the journey to Monmore Green and to all the volunteers who helped on the night. Last but by no means least, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who has helped to organise this event, the list is a long one but they know who they are.